The tragic death of Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in July 2017 at the age of 41 had left Linkin Park in dire straits. The band has not performed together in public since October 2017. The surviving members had staged a tribute concert in Los Angeles to Bennington. The band has not officially announced whether it intends to carry on following the death of Bennington.
Deryck Whibley could join Linkin Park?
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, whose band performed a cover of Linkin Park’s “Faint” with Mike Shinoda at the 2018 edition of the Reeding and Leeds festivals, recently joined in a new interview with “The Jasta Show.”
He was asked if he would ever consider joining Linkin Park as the replacement for the late Chester Bennington. He responded: “I think that’s an impossible task; I think those are impossible shoes to fill. I don’t know if they’re ever gonna do anything. I have no idea what that’s gonna look like or who that could be.”
The host Jamey Jasta made some comments about Deryck’s vocal style. According to Jasta, Whibley would be a good fit with Linkin Park’s music. Speaking about the matter, Whibley said: “I’ll take that compliment. I don’t know if I could do that. I don’t know if I agree with you on that.”
When asked about whether he would consider joining Linkin Park if he was asked to step in and front the band, Deryck said: “That is such a non-possibility that it’s too weird to even, like, sort of ‘joke think’ about it. [Laughs] I don’t know. I don’t know how someone could fill those shoes. I think it would be tough.”
Sum 41 recently announced plans to release a new double album, titled “Heaven And Hell”. Half of the album, “Heaven”, brings Sum 41 back to its pop punk roots, while the other half, “Hell”, is strictly metal. While, Linkin Park member, Mike Shinoda had previously snubbed multiple rumors of recruiting a replacement for ‘Chaz.’ We will see what future holds for Linkin Park.